Frequently Asked Questions
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World War II reenacting is where individuals put on the uniforms of World War II-era soldiers and step back in time to recreate the sounds, look, smells, and feelings of the greatest conflict in human history. Essentially, we do two separate things, which sometimes combine together at the same event. Firstly, we do battle recreations. These are mostly private affairs, meaning that the public, or non-reenactors, are not around. Battles are fought using blank ammunition, and can be either scripted or free flowing in terms of starting positions. Usually, each side is given objectives to hold or to take, and points are tabulated based on the accomplishment of the mission. A player is "killed", or takes their "hit", when they visually see a member from the other side level their weapon at them, pull the trigger, and see and hear the weapon discharge. It works on the honor system, and we expect all of our members to be realistic in their approach. No "Rambo" types are tolerated, as it is both unrealistic and reflects badly on the unit. In addition, it can and does negatively affect your side's score, as points are deducted for "invincible soldiers". Secondly, we do what is referred to as "living history". This is where we typically interact with the public, and provide information, education, and Q+A type services. This may involve setting up a campsite at an air show, and dressing and acting like typical WWII soldiers. We strive to be as accurate as possible: No modern radios, cell phones, jewelry, etc allowed! Our goal is to portray a WWII soldier, and make the public feel as if they have stepped into a time machine and have been transported backwards to 1944. In addition, we interact with the public, answering questions they may have, and generally explaining and showing them things that make our hobby and our impressions unique.
Absolutely not. We portray the average combat soldiers of the 9th Guards Rifles Division. We are not modern-day Communists. In fact,
we do not tolerate
any form of Communist, neo-Nazi, anti-Semitic, extremist, racist, or derogatory
behavior within our ranks. We are non-political in this regard, with
a "zero-tolerance" policy
in place. The hobby of reenacting and our group has no room for any nonsense
such as that, and it is not tolerated in any capacity. We are first and foremost
students of history, and we wish to portray the average soldier. Nothing
more, nothing less.
In addition, many of our members have WWII impressions other than Russian. From time to time, they have attended events as German Afrika Koprs , American soldiers, British soldiers, and even Waffen-SS soldiers. Members of our group are not forced to be exclusively Russian all of the time. Occasionally, one may want to reenact from a different perspective, and our group offers that flexibility.
In a nutshell, we are not even close to being Communists in real life, and if the American Communist Party is pinning its hope on us and other reenactors, well, they will be sadly disappointed.
No one denies that Russians in WWII committed numerous crimes against humanity. No one denies that some Russian soldiers committed war atrocities against civilians and POW's as well as combatants. However, we are portraying the average soldier. And the average soldier fought for his country and for his friends, not for politics.
All kinds. Blue collar, white collar, and no collar. We have members that work for Fortune 500 corporations, members who work for their own small businesses, and members somewhere in between. We have members who are single and some who are married with children. We have young folks and more mature folks. We have a good mix and cross section of the population. Mostly, we're average folks who have a hobby that is a bit unusual.
Ideally, a candidate will embody the following elements:
1. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who wish to make a positive contribution to the unit, the hobby, and history.
2. We look for candidates who are serious about joining a unit with very high authenticity standards.
3. We seek members who are never "content", but rather who strive to create a better personal impression, and collectively, a better unit impression.
4. We seek "do-er's", self motivated folks who are willing to participate equally in both the fun and not so fun aspects of the hobby. Make no mistake, a lot of work, time, effort, and money go into a making the hobby a success. Since this unit has vehicles, membership comes with the acknowledged awareness that assistance is required in this regard. These vehicles require maintenance, and we have a number of "work parties" throughout the course of the year to assist the owners of these vehicles in the maintenance and upkeep of these machines. In addition, assistance is needed in loading and unloading of them from the trailers that bring them to and from the events. Finally, work is needed before and after events to set up the vehicles for action, and then to break them back down for transport away from the event.
5. in addition to vehicular duties, when we set up a base camp, we need folks to help in various chores, such as gathering firewood, making a fire pit, setting things up, making a beer or gas run, etc.
6. Likewise, we always need folks to assist in the clean up procedure as well. We are not looking for folks to show up just before a battle begins and take off as it ends. That does not build unity, nor does it show respect for your fellow unit member. It is not fair that the same members are consistently stuck doing the less glamorous parts of the hobby, because there is plenty of work to go around. Understandably, we all have lives outside the hobby that may require you to leave early or arrive late. We expect this to be the exception, rather then the rule.
7. Finally, we are looking for folks who are serious in their approach.
Again, we recognize that this is a hobby, and we realize and encourage
have a life outside of it. However, we do ask that if you make the commitment
to join, you do so with the intent of being a serious, productive member
of our group. That means you make the commitment to:
i. Make unit meetings when they are called.
ii. Keep you dues up to date.
iii. Attend as many events as possible.
iv. Take pride in the unit and make every effort to make it the premiere unit in the hobby.
v. Do not only what is asked, but volunteer for additional responsibilities.
vi. Work to make your impression, uniform, and equipment as correct as possible. We are a fun group, and we are pretty easy going, but we do request that you approach membership with the proper mind set. Too many folks are dreamers, excuse makers, and BS 'ers. The unit's members have invested a lot of time and money, and we have no time or patience for anything less than the best. We're not a beer-drinking club that likes to play dress up and burn powder-We want members, not fringe-associates!
• You must be at least 18 years of age.
• You must be legally capable of owning your own firearm.
• You must actually own your own firearm.
• You must provide your own transportation to and from events.
• At events where food is not part of the registration package, you must provide your own food and drink.
• You must pay a one-time $60 initiation fee for entering the unit, and pay your full year's dues in advance.
• You must have the minimum "kit" to take part in exercises in the field.
• You must be physically capable of withstanding the rigors of traipsing around the woods with your gear on.
• You must wipe your own nose when you sneeze. You must have a thick skin, because you WILL get ripped on at sometime for something. You must want to have a good time and like to laugh and be part of the group. In essence, you need to have a mature outlook on things and be responsible for ensuring your situation is squared away.
• Our Parent organization (The 9th Reenactment Society) fields some very unique vehicles. Most units DO NOT have a single vehicle. Simply put, our "toys" allow us to say that we can portray every combat arm of a WWII German Panzer division (Armor, Motorized Infantry, Armored Infantry, Command Section, Artillery, Flak, and Anti-Tank Sections, and Recon elements).
Our current vehicle inventory includes:
1 Mk. VI “Tiger” Tank, replica, mounting an 88mm Cannon. This vehicle was featured in the film Saving Private Ryan
1 251/9 Hafltrack (Stummel), mounting a 75mm short barreled gas powered cannon. It is a converted Czech Tatra OT-810.
1 251/1 Halftrack (Coming Soon)
2 Sd.Kfz. 222 scout/recon cars, mounting a 20mm gas powered cannon and gas powered MG-34. Both are replica vehicles, and one is still under construction.
1 1944-dated ORIGINAL Kubelwagen
1 Kubel-car Kubelwagen Replica
1 Original Schwimmwagen
1 Hanomag Light Car
1 KDFWagen (Coming Soon)
3 1941 3-Ton Ford Trucks
1 Mercedes-Benz Staff Car
3 BMW motorcycles w/sidecar. Some mount gas powered MG-34s. One is an original R-12, others are Chinese Chiang Jang's converted to look like wartime BMW's.
3 Pak-36 37mm Anti-tank Guns, 1 Original, 2 converted from 1940's dated Russian 45mm ATGs.
1 Pak-40 75mm Anti Tank Gun (Coming Soon)
3 20-mm Flak Guns (1 Flak-30 and 2 Flak-38’s)
• We are a
good group of people that are able to straddle the line between a serious
hobby and a fun time. Some groups seem too rigid in some areas,
and they suck the life and fun out of the hobby. Others are too lax, allowing
all sorts of inappropriate behavior and corner cutting. We're positioned
nicely between these extremes-We strive for high authenticity while having
a good time.
• We strive for the highest levels of authenticity, and because of this, some of our members have been used during photo shoots for publications such as Militaria Magazine, Machine Gen News, and Cyrus A. Lee's Soldat Volume II, as well as several newspaper articles and commercial & news videotapes.
• Our commander is recognized for his talents and skill by often being named overall Waffen-SS and sometimes even overall Axis commander at events.
• We have access to some very talented and knowledgeable people to assist with questions and your impression.
• We are currently actively recruiting, and are looking for new members to assist us in the growing process.
• Finally, it offers you an experience unlike any other that lets you begin to understand the World War II experience.
The 9th Reenactment Society
15 Hamilton St.
Flemington, NJ 08822
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